Florida Gators Have Shot At Flipping 4-Star Safety Nadab Joseph

    The Florida Gators have a shot at flipping 4-star safety Nadab Joseph thanks to new defensive backs coach Corey Bell.

    March 2, 2017

    The Florida Gators have a shot at flipping 4-star safety Nadab Joseph, who’s currently committed to LSU.

    Jim McElwain’s newest coaching hires – Brad Davis (offensive line), Corey Bell (defensive backs) and JaJuan Seider (running backs) – have hit the recruiting trail running and are already making an impact.

    Nadab Joseph

    Bell, who was the University of Miami’s director of football operations from 2007-10 under newly-named Florida defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, was brought in in part to help McElwain forge a stronger pipeline to South Florida. Bell played his high school football at Miami Edison Senior High School, which just so happens to be home to one of 2018’s top safety prospects, Nadab Joseph.

    “Corey has played in the SEC and has deep roots in the state of Florida,” McElwain said regarding his hire.

    That is helping to put Florida in the hunt for at least one top prospect early on in Joseph.

    “There’s a real shot,” Joseph told Zach Alboverdi of SEC Country regarding Florida’s chances of flipping him from LSU. Joseph committed to the Tigers on June 11, 2016, when Les Miles was still the head coach in Baton Rouge.

    “The Gators are up there. I like them. I like their style. I saw the way they do their academics program. I really like their new building, it will keep my grades up.”

    As previously mentioned, Joseph is intrigued by Florida’s new defensive backs coach because of his roots.

    “I was like, ‘He’s from Edison?’ That’s real cool. We can kind of connect (because of that). I’ve heard his name a couple times around school.”

    The Gators certainly have a ton of work to put in if they want to pull Joseph from LSU, but the important part is they’ve caught his attention and it’s early enough in the process with National Signing Day nearly a year out.

    That being said, they aren’t the only program pitching him. He recently picked up notable offers from Ole Miss, NC State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

    Joseph is ranked the nation’s No. 273 player and No. 27 safety.

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